Remember the Cyber Ninjas? This Florida-based group was hired by the Arizona State Senate to recount the ballots in the state, which had previously been recounted multiple times. Arizona Republicans we’re hoping for evidence that the recount would reverse Biden’s narrow win in the state and feed Trump’s Big Lie that the election was “stolen” from him. The Cyber Ninjas had no experience in recounting ballots, and their owner was a Trump true believer. Nonetheless, there count turned up no evidence of fraud and confirmed Biden’s victory in Arizona.

The Arizona Republic asked the Cyber Ninjas to release the records of the recount, and the Cyber Ninjas refused. Then the newspaper sued for the records, on the grounds that they were public documents. They Cyber Ninjas still refused. An Arizona judge slapped a penalty of $50,000 a day on the company until it releases the records. The fines are over $2 million. The company is defunct but still fighting the court order.

The Arizona Supreme Court won’t review the $50,000 per day penalties a lower court imposed on the now-defunct Cyber Ninjas, at least not yet.

Cyber Ninjas was hit with the penalty by the Maricopa County Superior Court, and the company’s attorney Jack Wilenchik — who is now working for free because the company isn’t paying him — tried to skip the Court of Appeals and went right to the Supreme Court to seek relief earlier this week.

But for the second time, the Supreme Court told him in an order dated Thursday it won’t take up the issue of whether the company records are public and whether it should have to release them.

Meanwhile, penalties continue to accrue, and are at more than $2 million today.

The Supreme Court already declined to act on an appeal in the case in November when Cyber Ninjas filed a similar petition, before the fines were imposed. Its most recent order said the Arizona Court of Appeals was the proper venue to address whether the records are public.

Cyber Ninjas “has not adequately explained why it cannot initially seek relief from that court,” the Supreme Court wrote in its order.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah hit Cyber Ninjas with the lofty penalties in January because, he said, the company has continued to defy his orders to produce emails, text messages and other documents generated from the unusual “audit” of the Maricopa County 2020 election.

Republicans in the Arizona Senate hired Cyber Ninjas for the job.

The Arizona Republic requested the documents via the state’s Public Records Law. When that request was denied, The Republic sued Cyber Ninjas and the Senate in June. Separately, a left-leaning watchdog group called American Oversight sued the Senate for similar records….

Two superior court judges and the Court of Appeals have determined Cyber Ninja’s records are public documents under state law.

But Cyber Ninjas continues to argue that just because it was working for the government doesn’t mean the records are government documents. The company maintains that it does not need to turn over the records.

After months of litigation, The Republic asked for sanctions against the company of $1,000 a day.

Hannah on Jan. 6 found Cyber Ninjas in contempt of orders to turn over the records and fined the company 50 times that amount.

Soon after, Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp consolidated The Republic’s case with American Oversight’s. Kemp also declined to waive the penalties issued by Hannah…

To address Cyber Ninjas’ contention that it is unable to comply with the Public Records Law because it is dissolved as a company, The Republic asked the court aon Feb. 23 to make the company’s former CEO and his wife, Doug and Meghan Logan, the proper defendants.